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Gloria Steinem biopic puts spotlight on other women activists

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PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 27 (UPI) — While The Glorias portrays Gloria Steinem‘s life as a feminist icon, it also puts the spotlight on lesser-known activists who helped shape her work.

Steinem and Julie Taymor, who directed the film, said at the Sundance premier Sunday they hope it brings more attention to activists like Dorothy Pitman Hughes (Janelle Monae) and Flo Kennedy (Lorraine Toussant) among modern audiences.

Bette Midler plays women’s movement leader Bella Abzug, and Kimberly Guerrero plays Native American activist Wilma Mankiller.

“If this film at all opens up Google to Flo Kennedy [or] Wilma Mankiller, then we would be really pleased,” Taymor said. “These women deserve their own films, their own library, everything. If we had a subtitle it would be: Meetings with Remarkable Women.”

Four actresses (Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson and Ryan Kiera Armstrong) portray Steinem at various stages.

Moore takes on the role as Steinem is leading the women’s movement. In one scene, Steinem refuses Newsweek coverage because the magazine insists on putting her on the cover. Steinem wants her fellow leaders and the women marching with them to be included, although Newsweek sends a photographer to secretly grab a shot anyway.

Today, Steinem, 85, still credits the African-American and Native American women who guided her in her advocacy.

“I learned feminism, as you can see, disproportionately from black women,” she said. “It’s so important that young women, old women, generations, men and women work together because we all have something different to bring.”

The Glorias began as an adaptation of Steinem’s autobiography My Life on the Road. It grew to include events from her life that she did not include in that book.

Steinem said she trusted Taymor with her life story and remained hands-off.

“I think my exact words were something like, ‘You’re a genius. You can do anything you want,'” Steinem said. “I have something better than approval. I have faith.”

Since a narrative film is more docudrama than documentary, Taymor wanted to include a conversation Steinem had with Dolores Huerta (Monica Sanchez) at a different moment than it actually occurred in history. Steinem gave her blessing.

The notes Steinem had were more about personal details.

“She said, ‘My house in Toledo, there was a highway in front of it,'” Taymor said.

Taymor explained to Steinem that it would require visual effects to put a highway in front of the house.

“She gave the blessing, which is if it’s emotionally right, it’s right,” Taymor said.

Steinem has a cameo in the film. In addition to archival footage from some of her speaking engagements, Steinem plays herself in her apartment.

“That’s me typing,” Steinem said. “And standing in the window, that’s me.”



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Watch: GFriend teases ‘Apple’ video

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July 9 (UPI) — South Korean girl group GFriend is giving a glimpse of its new music video.

The K-pop stars shared a preview of their video for the song “Apple” on Thursday.

The teaser opens with a shot of Eunha lying on a bed of flowers. Eunha and the other members of GFriend are also shown posing in a dimly lit room with cathedral windows.

“Apple” is the title track from GFriend’s forthcoming EP, Song of the Sirens. The group will release the mini album and the full “Apple” music video July 13.

GFriend previously shared a highlight medley and teaser photos for Song of the Sirens. The EP also features the songs “Time of the Snow,” “Mirror Room,” “Tarot Cards,” “Crème Brûlée” and “North Stairs.”

GFriend released an official schedule for Song of the Sirens in June.

GFriend also consists of Sowon, Yerin, Yuju, SinB and Umji. The group most recently released the mini album Labyrinth in February.



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Tiger Woods docuseries coming to HBO in December

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July 9 (UPI) — A new docuseries about professional golfer Tiger Woods is coming to HBO in December.

The network announced in a press release Thursday that Tiger, a two-part series about Woods, will premiere Dec. 13. Part two will air Dec. 20.

Tiger is produced by HBO Sports and Jigsaw Productions. The series follows “the rise, fall, and epic comeback” of Woods, 44, who won his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters Tournament.

The series is directed by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) and Matthew Hamachek (Amanda Knox). Alex Gibney will executive produce with Sam Pollard, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict.

Tiger is based on Keteyian and Benedict’s book Tiger Woods. The series features never-before-seen footage and new interviews, including with Woods’ former caddy, Steve Williams, golf legend Nick Faldo, Woods’ ex-partner Dina Parr, and Rachel Uchitel, one of Woods’ alleged former mistresses.

“Few global icons are more visible and less understand than Tiger Woods,” HBO Sports EVP Peter Nelson said. “His prodigy came with painstaking sacrifice; his perfected athleticism immobilized him in agony before the age of 40; his self-made fame enabled a self-destructive world of secrecy; and his redemptive reemergence posed as many questions as it answered — not only about one of the greatest sportsmen ever to live, but also the greater American society that engulfed him.”

Heineman and Hamachek said their goal with the docuseries was “to dive deeper and create an unflinching and intimate portrait of a man, who like all of us, is imperfect and inherently human.”

Tiger will air on HBO and stream on HBO Max.

Woods will compete at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, next week, his first PGA Tour tournament since the season was suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

He will also appear in a virtual version of the British Open, titled The Open for the Ages, that will air July 16 to 19. The special imagines a battle between Woods and Jack Nicklaus in their prime.



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‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera presumed dead by drowning, sheriff’s official says

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July 9 (UPI) — Efforts to locate actor Naya Rivera at a Southern California lake have switched from a rescue to a recovery operation, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.

Ventura County sheriff’s deputy Chris Dyer told NBC News that officials believe Rivera died.

“We’re presuming that an accident happened and we’re presuming that she drowned in the lake,” he said.

Rivera, 33, went missing Wednesday afternoon after renting a boat and taking it out onto Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son.

Search efforts were called off overnight and resumed early Thursday with more than 80 people. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said it received help from specialized dive teams from Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties.

Dyer said there’s been no sign of foul play.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Eric Buschow told reporters Rivera had arrived at the lake and rented the boat at around 1 p.m. Wednesday and the boat was found 3 hours later with her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, inside but she was missing.

“He is safe with family members,” Buschow said of Josey

Rivera is best known for starring in the TV series Glee. She was briefly married to actor Ryan Dorsey with whom she shares custody of their son, Josey.



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